The weight rating of 2.32kg might not sound particularly noteworthy, but when you consider the size and build of the Abisko Shape 2 it’s actually a reasonable figure. For a start, you’re dealing with a 170cm x 130cm vestibule – an excellent feature for capacious gear storage, or for cooking/eating in severe weather. Then bear in mind that the fabric mixes a very sturdy 40 denier PU (ie thick and tough) on the floor with a much lighter 15 denier polyamide in the inner tent, as well as a TripleRip nylon for the fly which is thickened in abrasion-prone areas. All of this makes a product that’s built for resilience as well as a bearable weight rating. I liked the robustness in all the details, such as the poles and pegs, and the sleeves that the former slide into made one-person pitching a simple affair. The low-slung (you can barely sit up, unfortunately) triple pole, outer-pitch tunnel design is also excellently sturdy and shrugged off 50mph gusts in my testing, whilst the comprehensive venting at each end allows for warmer conditions too.
VERDICT: Not ultralight and extremely expensive, but built for all the weather Scandinavia can throw at you.
BEST FOR: Year-round two-person mountain adventures.
Review by Dan Aspel @